Failure is a possibility when you step up into any leadership role, and digital transformation is no exception.
As a leader, your job is to create a vision of the future, and present your plan on how to get there. You will be asking for investments of money and resources to make your vision a reality, and it’s important to remember that success is not guaranteed.
In fact, most digital transformations will experience setbacks and challenges along the way.
If your organization’s digital goals are not met, you may end up being the person who is held responsible for that failure even if you have done your job perfectly.
Or you may make some mistakes which might contribute to those problems along the way. In fact, you probably will if you haven’t led a similar transformation before.
If the problems are significant, someone may need to take the heat, and it may well be you.
So with all these risks, why the heck would you pursue a role leading a transformation?
Well first of all, these risks won’t necessarily all become reality. In my book Winning Digital Customers: The Antidote to Irrelevance, I provide many strategies to avoid combat these problems. And, perhaps more importantly, there are significant rewards to leading a digital transformation journey. Let’s look at a few.